Troparia and kontakia for December 28

Afterfeast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Troparion — Tone 4

Your Nativity, O Christ our God, / Has shone to the world the Light of wisdom! / For by it, those who worshipped the stars, / Were taught by a Star to adore You, / The Sun of Righteousness, / And to know You, the Orient from on High. / O Lord, glory to You!

Kontakion — Tone 3

Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, / And the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One! / Angels with shepherds glorify Him! / The wise men journey with a star! / Since for our sake the Eternal God was born as a Little Child!

20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia

Troparion — Tone 2

Blessed is the earth that received your blood, passion-bearers of the Lord, / and holy is the dwelling place which received your spirits. / You triumphed over the enemy in the stadium / and you preached Christ with boldness. / Since He is good, we pray that you beseech Him to save our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 1

Their souls strengthened by faith, the twenty thousand martyrs accepted their suffering by fire, / and cried out to You, the One born of the Virgin: / “Like gold, myrrh, and frankincense, the gifts of the Persian kings, / receive our whole burnt offering, O Eternal God.”